Thailand Planning To Fully Reopen By October 2021
Thailand’s Prime Minister has announced plans to fully reopen the country to vaccinated tourists by mid-October 2021.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha acknowledged the bold move, saying that welcoming tourists back is necessary to restart Thailand’s tourism industry.
"I am, therefore, setting a goal for us to be able to declare Thailand fully open within 120 days from today, and for tourism centres that are ready to do so even faster," Prayuth Chan-o-cha said at a recent press conference.
As the global vaccine rollout has gained momentum, the question on everyone’s lips has been ‘when will countries reopen?’ Coming directly from Thailand’s Prime Minister, this announcement is a promising indicator of travel to Thailand being on the cards again very soon. Island-hopping, mouthwatering food, tropical sunshine on our faces once again… safe to say we’re pretty pumped at the prospect of travelling through the stunning country of Thailand this year!
Thailand is already making moves to welcome vaccinated tourists from July 1 in a trial scheme named ‘Phuket Sandbox.’ This pilot programme will allow fully vaccinated travellers to fly into Phuket without mandatory quarantine, but still requires arrivals to stay on the island for 14 days before travelling elsewhere in the country. Part of the preparation includes at least 70% of the local Thai population in Phuket being vaccinated, and acceleration of country-wide vaccination rates. This initiative will help fine tune things for country-wide reopening in October 2021, and will set a precedent for other countries looking to welcome travellers in the next few months.
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As the world gets it's groove back and travel restrictions ease, there’s no doubt tourism will return with a surge in demand. Grab your sunglasses and dust off your backpack - now is the time to get planning.
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